The day after we wrapped the shoot for Twenty One Pilots, I shot for Atlantic Records (UK) artist Dog Is Dead.
The experience of prepping two completely different projects simultaneously that were to shoot in such quick succession was schizophrenic at the very least. One the one hand we have dance crews, face-paint and a powerful live performance... on the other, a peculiar narrative about a girl obsessed with golf-balls.
The band and label approached me about making a video that illuminates the surreal through the mundane. I came up with a story about a Korean girl in Los Angeles who works an overnight shift at an all-night Korean spa and driving range -- based on the Aroma Spa in Koreatown.
We shot the film over two days (or a day and a night) in downtown LA, Koreatown and Alhambra. My producer, William T Vandegrift did an unbelievable job with this one as our budget was incredibly thin. You'd never know it though. Andrew Wheeler, DP, produced some of his finest work and Alessandro Marvelli and the art department created something special. If I could shoot every video with this fine crew, I'd be a happy man.
I edited the film while abroad between Germany and London on my lap-top. The bulk of editorial took place on long train rides through the German countryside. An impossibly idyllic experience. Many thanks to everyone at Rokkit in London for gathering behind the project as well especially Mary Calderwood & Tom Knight, all of OBManagement and Matt Osbourne @ MPC for applying a beautiful color grade.
The narrative takes some curious turns along the way - but it was empowering for an artist and label to hand over so much creative freedom with the project. No band performance, just a short film scored by a beautiful track by Dog Is Dead. Coming soon...